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The Mine Wieliczka Salt is a deep salt mine and is situated 14km from Krakow in the southeast direction. This salt mine is strange and frightening, due to the deep tunnel which is around 300km and is spread in nine levels. The deepest tunnel is at the depth of 327m underground. Everything in this tunnel has been crafted by the hands and with salt blocks. The entire salt mine is not open for the public and only a certain section, which is from 64m to 135m, consisting of 22 chambers is open to the public. The salt mine has many fascinating pieces which include statues, monuments, chapel and even an underground lake. The chapel of St Kaplica SW Kingi is the most famous piece, along with the chamber's Stainislaw Staszic and Eram Baracz.
The Wawel castle is a national symbol of Poland. The castle has now been transformed into a museum and this museum is divided into five sections. The different sections of the museum are – crown treasury & armory, royal private apartments, exhibition of oriental art, state rooms and the lost Wawel. Among these five sections, the most impressive one is the royal private apartments and state rooms. The castle also has a huge courtyard which is spread over three sides of the castle. After the World War II, the castle suffered major loss, but the recovery operation was able to recover a major part of the original castle, both internally and externally.
The main square is one of the most crowded places in Krakow, as it is one of the favorite places for tourists to visit. It is a walk into the history of Poland due to the architectural excellence which is exhibited in the main square. The main square is all about the history, which is rustic and also have been modernized with the changing times. The Florianska Street is one of the most popular streets and it has the St Mary church also on the same street. The other popular attraction of Main Square is the glass pyramid, the statue of Adam Mickiewicz, the Rynek Underground museum, the Church of St. Adalbert and many beautiful monuments.
The St Mary Basilica is a beautiful church which is popularly known as the St Mary, which is near to the Rynek Glowny. The church has two towers of different heights and there is an hourly call which is made from the taller tower. The construction of the first church was started in the 1220s, but during the Tarter Raid it was destructed and the construction of the basilica was commenced after it. The church exhibits a masterpiece of wooden work, which is the core beauty of the church. The church portrays various scenes which tells the stories related to the Christ and the virgin.
Krakow has a number of museums and amongst them, the most famous one is the national museum. The museum was built from 1935 to 1989 and has a total of 11 branches in the entire Krakow. The museum offers the exhibition of temporary items which are exhibited in the museum only for a short period of time. The museum also has a painting of Leonardo DA Vinci, the lady with an ermine, which is one of the many attractions in the museum. The museum is so big that it will take a complete day to completely explore it. The museum also has certain cafes and shops.
The Polish Aviation Museum was built in 1964 and has been constructed on the property of former air-force airport and base. The museum is an aircraft museum and has airplanes since 1910, in its collection. The museum is divided into four buildings, among them is the Glowny Gmach Muzeum, which is the main building. Recently, a new exhibition hall is also added to the museum. The museum is situated three kilometers to the east from the old town.
Krakow is the second largest and the oldest city in Poland. The city is situated on the banks of the river Vistula and the city came into existence from the 7Th Century. Krakow has contributed to Poland academically, artistically and culturally. Krakow makes a huge contribution to the Poland economy. The discovery of Krakow is very fascinating, as it is believed that the city was discovered at the defeat of a dragon. The city has a mystical atmosphere and this adds to its beauty. Krakow is becoming a tourist attraction by each passing year. This is due to the great architecture of the city, which is a perfect blend of the past and the present, which the city has witnessed. The quiet streets and the beautiful squares add immensely to the beauty of Krakow. But the city offers more to its visitors which is above the history and the city's nightlife.
How to Get Tickets?
Due to the increase in the crowd of tourist, it is advisable to book tickets beforehand. Also, it is recommended to have appropriate information about the place you have more interest, it will help you in buying the tickets of only those tours which interest you, especially in museums.
How To Get Around?
The best way to move around in Krakow is trams. It is available everywhere and connects you with all the important places. Another option which is helpful is buses. If a person is not comfortable with public transportation, then taking a taxi is the best option.
What Should I Wear?
There is no specific dress code. But it is advisable to check the weather before visiting Krakow. The place is hottest in July and coldest in January. Also, in July there is a lot of rain which takes place.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Krakow is from March to May and then from September to November. The weather is very pleasant during this time period.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, there is no need for a guide, as the required information is mostly given in English.
How To Get There?
The Krakow airport, which is John Paul II International Airport connects with all the major international and domestic airports. Also, the Warsaw Chopin Airport connects with flight, train, and bus to reach Krakow.
Do not drink alcohol in public, it is against the law.